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How to Get Your Man to Take Supplements

My husband puts up with a LOT and is very patient with his scientific nutritionist wife.  He has pretty much come to grips with the fact that marrying me made him my eternal lab rat on which to perform nutritional experiments.  And I love him even more for that! He is naturally a pretty healthy eater, but he hates taking nutritional supplements.  Over the years I have discovered several methods to get him to do this.  I thought I’d share these methods with all you ladies out there to help you take care of the men in your lives.

Method #1: Tell him it’s good for him.  This doesn’t always work, but it’s a good start.

Method #2: Leave his supplements in a little dish on the counter with a glass of water near his keys, briefcase, or other work items.  If he is not  too fussy he may just make them part of his routine.  If he’s especially motivated, you can forget the dish and just leave the bottles of supplements out for him to get himself.  If needed, write his name and the number of pills/amount of powder he should take from each bottle so he realizes they are set out for him and not for your own enjoyment of having things on the counter.

Method #3: While he’s busy doing something else (watching tv, working on the computer, etc.) quietly hand him the pills and give him a glass of water.  This works surprisingly well on my husband, which makes me a little nervous to know that I could easily poison him and he wouldn’t know the difference since he doesn’t even look up anymore when I give him a handful of pills.  It is important to choose this method when he is doing something that puts him into a relaxing trance.  Don’t try to give him pills to swallow when he is doing something that irritates him (like talking on the phone with customer service at the cell phone company) or if he is doing something not conducive to pill swallowing, like mowing the lawn or showering.

Method #4: Tell him that this is what the soccer players in Europe take.  This doesn’t work for every supplement, but it does apply in the case of  Wobenzym (Naturally Vitamins – Wobenzym N, 200 tablets) , which is a proteolytic enzyme supplement that calms inflammation in the joints.  My husband loves European soccer and after knowing that those guys take Wobenzym (even if it was actually that one soccer player thought about taking it once) he is now so motivated to take it that he searches it out when his back hurts from lifting heavy things all day.

Method #5: Buy good-tasting vitamins, such as children’s chewable vitamins, Emergen-C powdered vitamin C (Emergen-C Vitamin C Fizzy Drink Mix, 1000 mg, Super Orange, 0.3 Ounce Packets (Pack of 36) ), and chewable fish oil gummies (  Yes, it may seem juvenile, but if you keep good-tasting supplements around they are more likely to be eaten with less complaining and more enjoyment.  Most chewables have lower doses of nutrients than their swallowable counterparts, but I think the lack of complaining increases absorption of nutrients so it all balances out in the end.  My husband’s favorite along this line was CoQMelt which was made by Douglas Labs but is now off the market for some reason and was replaced with a less tasty version.  If anyone out there knows where to find it I’d appreciate it!

Method #6: This was given to me by a friend last night as she and I were knitting and our husbands were watching (you guessed it) European soccer.  Her recommendation is to “coat the vitamins in peanut butter and chocolate, sort of how you get a dog to take medicine”.  She is funny.

Method #7: Tell him it’s good for his (insert your word for private parts here).  This method is only to be used when all else fails – if it is used too often it will result in “the boy who cried wolf” factor.  But, if he won’t take a supplement for any other reason and is especially resistant to it (including such classic reasons as “cod liver oil tastes like I’m licking a lemon scented fish”, “why do I have to drink something green”, “liquid glutathione makes my mouth taste like a dead raccoon”) then this method should work.  Trust me – men may not care if something is good for their heart, helps their memory, or improves their mood but if something is good for their private parts then they will quietly take it without much complaining at all.  I have proven this theory over and over with friends, family, and nutritional clients.  I know you’re probably wondering how you can know which supplements are good for this, but I’m going to let you in on a little nutrition secret – nutrition is a lot like the Kevin Bacon game.  It’s all related.  For example, a multivitamin contains vitamins and minerals that support overall health and overall health includes the health of private parts.  You just have to do a little research and eventually you’ll find the link. 

If any of you dear readers have additional methods you’d like to share or questions about my methods, please type them into the comments section.  Thanks for reading!

NOTE: Please talk to your physician before making any dietary or supplement changes.  This blog is not intended to replace the advice of a qualified healthcare practitioner.

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